Washington vs. Oregon State: Beavers Top Huskies 38-21

The Washington Huskies may be without the services of their starting quarterback Keith Price when they take on the Oregon State Beavers this weekend, and might have to turn to Nick Montana in Corvallis.

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Washington Vs. Oregon State Final Score: Beavers Top Huskies 38-21

Oregon State (3-8, 3-5 Pac-12)  ended a three-game losing streak behind a balanced offensive attack led by quarterback Sean Mannion. The Beavers beat the Washington Huskies 38-21 on Saturday afternoon in Corvallis, Oregon. 

Washington (6-5, 4-4) started redshirt freshman Nick Montana at the quarterback position, but later deferred to regular starter Keith Price in the fourth quarter. Head Coach Steve Sarkisian decided to start Montana due to Price's fragile state, hoping to help him fully recover for next weekend's Apple Cup.

Down 31-14 with under eight minutes remaining in the game, Keith Price connected with Devin Aguilar for a 20-yard strike on 4th-and-9.

Now within ten points, backup running back Jessie Callier came up with a big hit, causing an Oregon St. fumble on the subsequent kickoff, giving the Huskies the football at the Beavers' 17 yard line. Unfortunately, on the next play, Price threw an interception and the Beavers didn't look back after that.

The Beavers received a solid performance from Mannion. He was 26-37 on the game with 339 passing yards and two touchdowns. Running back Jovan Stevenson also found the end zone on three different occasions for Oregon St. 

Oregon St. led 17-14 at halftime and kept that lead going into the fourth quarter, but a 21-7 fourth quarter gave the Beavers their first win since October 22nd. 

Besides two touchdown completions to Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the first half, Montana struggled to find his other receivers throughout the game. He finished with 79 passing yards on 11 completions in 21 attempts. In Price's fourth quarter drive, he completed five of nine passes for 76 yards. 

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Washington Vs. Oregon State Score Update: Beavers Lead 17-14 Early In Fourth Quarter

After a first half that lacked defense, both teams have made it difficult for the opposing offense to score points. On the Beavers' second drive, they were on their way to adding on to their three point lead after converting in a 4th-and-7 situation that put them into the Husky's ten yard line. However, Washington's defense failed to break, and safety Sean Parker came up with a clutch interception to give the Huskies the football back.

The Huskies were unable to drive the ball down the field and again were forced to punt for the second time. Washington caught another break after defensive lineman John Timu stripped Joe Halahuni, giving the Huskies the ball at the Beavers 28-yard line. Nine plays and 26 yards later, Huskies kicker Erik Folk missed a 39-yard field goal.

Washington's offense has struggled to get in a rhythm since the start of the second half.

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Washington Vs. Oregon State Injury Report: James Rodgers Carted Off Field With Left Ankle Sprain

The ROOT Sports broadcast reports that James Rodgers has a left ankle sprain, and has suffered zero damage to his left knee injury as first expected when he left the field in the second quarter. His status for the rest of the game is unknown, but seeing as he needed help on the field indicates that he is doubtful to return. 

Senior wide receiver James Rodgers was carted off the field near the end of the second quarter after an apparent injury his left knee. Rodgers went through two offseason left knee surgeries and almost made it through the entire 2011 season unscathed. 

Rodgers was limping off the field with help. This is a sad sight as this was Rodgers' final game on Senior Day in Corvallis for the Beavers.

Before leaving the game, Rodgers logged four receptions for 48 yards. He set the Oregon State record for career receptions with 222.

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Washington Vs. Oregon State Score Update: Seferian-Jenkins Catches Touchdown No. 2, Game Tied 14-14

Neither defense has proved it can stop the other team's offense so far. Tight End Austin Seferian-Jenkins hauled in his second touchdown of the day to tie the game 14-14. Jenkins is leading the team with five catches and 31-yard receiving yards.

The Huskies have depended on the steady running style of Chris Polk. Polk has rushed for 67 yards on 15 carries so far in this game. Besides Seferian-Jenkins five receptions and a catch from Polk, the Huskies receivers have yet to record a reception in this game. Sarkisian could be calling it safe, as Montana has already thrown an interception.

The Beavers offense scored a touchdown at the end of the first quarter in a five play 77 yard drive. Running back Markus Wheaton broke out for a 56-yard run on the second play from scrimmage for the Beavers. Two plays later Sean Mannion found Micah Hatfield for a six-yard touchdown. 

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Washington Vs. Oregon State Score Update: Huskies And Beavers Tied 7-7 Midway Through First Quarter

Washington Huskies starting quarterback Nick Montana has it easy so far. Head Coach Steve Sarkisian play-calling gave Polk the ball seven plays out of nine in the Huskies first drive of the game against the Oregon St. Beavers.

Montana connected with freshman tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins on a 4 yard play-action rollout touchdown pass. The Huskies moved the ball 70 yards methodically down the field in just under four minutes.

Oregon St. struck right back with a 71-yard 7 play drive of their own. Freshman quarterback Sean Mannion completed a six-yard pass to senior wideout James Rodgers to tie the game up.

The Beavers benefited from two big plays.Rrunning back Terron Ward broke out for a 29-yard run on the second play of the drive, two plays later Mannion found Rodgers for a 25-yard gain, putting the Beavers in Washington's ten yard line. Mannion was a perfect 4-4 with 44 passing yards in the Beavers' first drive.

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Washington Vs. Oregon State Game Time, TV Schedule And More

Nick Montana gets the start this week as the Huskies take on the Oregon State Beavers as the Washington Huskies look to break a two-game losing streak and win their 7th game for the first time since the 2002 season. On Senior Night for OSU, the Dawgs will likely look to running back Chris Polk to carry the offense as they rest their starting QB. With a week off, the Huskies will be hoping to get Keith Price back before the Apple Cup and a subsequent Bowl Game.

Start Time: Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. at Reser Stadium in Corvallis.

Records: Huskies (6-4, 4-3), Beavers (2-8, 2-5)

TV Coverage: ROOT Sports NW will cover the game live.

Radio Coverage: KJR 950 AM

Weather Forecast: It's going to be wet and cold. Temperatures will be in the mid-40's throughout the game, with a 40% chance of showers.

Opening Line: The Huskies are favored by two this weekend.

Team Sites: UW Dawg PoundBuilding the Dam

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Washington Vs. Oregon State: Nick Montana Will Start Over Injured Keith Price For Huskies

Nick Montana is about to get his chance at quarterback. Washington Huskies head coach Steve Sarkisian announced that he will be starting Montana over the injured Keith Price this weekend against the Oregon St. Beavers.

Montana's stats have been alright against solid competition. He came in against Oregon after Price had been banged up. Montana threw only one pass, but it was a long completion down the sideline for 53 yards. After Price was injured and knocked out of the game against the Trojans, Montana came in and performed adequately, completing 60% of his 15 attempts but only for a meager 4.9 yards per attempt.

Montana isn't likely to be the focal point of the offense against a weak OSU defensive front. That job will fall to Chris Polk, who was bottled up the last few weeks. But Montana needs to be ready to provide Polk the support he needs if he doesn't want the Beavers to load up on the inside.

To discuss Washington football, head to UW Dawg Pound. To discuss Oregon State football, check Building the Dam.

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Washington vs. Oregon State: Steve Sarkisian Won't Reveal Who His Starting QB Is Saturday

With only a few days left before the Washington Huskies take on the Oregon State Beavers, head coach Steve Sarkisian wasn't offering much information after practice Wednesday evening as to whom he will start at quarterback this Saturday at Reser Stadium down in Corvallis. 

Keith Price had started every game this season so far for the Huskies, though his hobbled status leaves the door open for redshirt freshman Nick Montana to take the reins under center this weekend. But Sark was playing it close to the chest, giving no inclination either way as to who that starter was, even going as far as making all his offensive players off limits to the media, making me start to believe this is more about national security than it is football. 

Oddly enough, Sarkisian handled a similar situation last season with former QB Jake Locker and Keith Price. Locker had some hurt ribs, which got even worse against Stanford, leaving the possibility Price would make his first start at the then No. 1 Oregon Ducks. At his presser that Monday, Sarkisian announced that Locker would not be starting, naming Price the stater right then and there. Two days later Price was allowed to speak to reporters about the upcoming game which ended up being a 53-16 victory for Oregon.

Perhaps he's simply learned his lesson and wants nobody talking before this matchup. 

All signs currently are pointing to Montana as the starter, though Sarkisian noted that his game-plan will be similar to when Price was under center for one week back in 2010.

"There will be things that feel similar in that I'm not just going to handcuff (Montana). He's going to have his opportunities to throw the ball around, throw it down the field," Sarkisian said. "But regardless of who the quarterback is, if we are going to be successful, we've got to run the ball. And we've got to do it well."

 

For more on the Huskies, head over to the UW Dawg Pound

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Washington vs. Oregon State Odds: Huskies Slight Favorites With Kevin Price Injured

After a very promising start to the season, the Washington Huskies have struggled in recent weeks. If the blowout loss to USC was not bad enough, star quarterback Kevin Price may not play against the Oregon State Beavers this weekend in Corvallis. These two factors have led the team to be only slight favorites over a struggling OSU team.

According to Odds Shark, the Huskies entered the week as 3 1/2 point favorites. Various betting websites such as Bodog.com and 5Dimes.com have UW as low as 2-point favorites. This may seem low, but it's tough to have a ton of faith in Washington right now with their recent struggles.

The Beavers have been eliminated from postseason play in 2011 and are playing for nothing but pride at this point. The coaching staff wants finish the season on the right foot and a few late-season wins could propel the team into a successful offseason of weight lifting and light practices.

For more on this game, check out UW Dawg Pound and Building The Dam.

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Keith Price Injury: Washington QB Suits Up But Wears Knee Brace, Doesn’t Practice On Tuesday

Washington Huskies quarterback Keith Price has struggled with injuries this season, taking big hits time and again while putting his knees and ankles at risk. The latest incident came last weekend against the USC Trojans: Price was sacked in the third quarter and had to leave the game with a knee sprain.

According to Bob Condotta, Price suited up on Tuesday but had a knee brace on. He did not take any snaps with the team while back-up Nick Montana practiced with the first-team.

As the week wears on, the chance of Price missing Saturday's game against the Oregon St. Beavers continues to increase. The knee brace throws further doubt into Price's ability to play on Saturday.

Head coach Steve Sarkisian has stated that Price could miss the game but will wait before determining Price's final status for Saturday's game. If the sophomore quarterback cannot go this weekend, Montana will take his place against the Beavers in Corvallis.  

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Keith Price Injury: Washington QB Doubtful For Oregon State Game

Washington Huskies quarterback Keith Price is doubtful for this weekend's game against the Oregon State Beavers.

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